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Obeisance in the biblical stories of David

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Obeisance as an etiquette associated with royalty is largely confined to the narratives that relate to the emergence and the reign of David and the introduction of the reign of Solomon. References to obeisance are thus limited to only one particular section of the narratives dealing with royal settings, namely 1 Samuel 20-1 Kings 2, indicating that court etiquette is not a common or traditional motif in the biblical stories describing people's approach to their king. The episodes with obeisance in the stories of David appear to be in part thematically linked and constitute a progression. This chapter traces the development of the motif of obeisance in 1 Samuel 20-1 Kings 2 and hints at its implication for the literary history of the David narratives. Obeisance scenes in biblical texts relating to David appear most prominently in the stories dealing with the period of David's own reign.

Keywords: 1 Samuel 20-1 Kings 2; biblical stories; David narratives; obeisance



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